R v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, ex parte Holding & Barnes plc: Same v Same, ex parte Premier Leisure UK Ltd: Same v Same, ex parte Alconbury Developments Ltd: Same v Same, ex parte Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd (9/5/01) HL`Lords: Slynn, Nolan, Hoffmann, Clyde and Hutton`The processes by which the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions made decisions and orders under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the Transport and Works Act 1992, the Highways Act 1980 and the Acquisition of Land Act 1981 were compatible with Article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights.`Jonathan Sumption QC of Brick Court, David Elvin QC and James Maurici of 4 Breams Buildings, and Philip Sales of 11 King’s Bench Walk (Eldred Tabachnik QC and James Goudie QC) instructed by the Treasury Solicitor for the Secretary of State. Keith Lindblom QC, Craig Howell Williams and Hereward Phillpot of 2 Harcourt Buildings (Gerard Ryan QC) instructed by Marrons for Alconbury. Gregory Jones of 2 Harcourt Buildings (Ryan) and Paul Hardy of 4 Breams Buildings instructed by and for Cambridgeshire County Council. Martin Kingston QC and Peter Goatley, both of 5 Fountain Court, Birmingham, instructed by Sharpe Pritchard for Huntingdonshire District Council. Paul Stanley and Tim Eicke of Essex Court Chambers instructed by David Barney for Huntsnap and Nene Valley Association. Stephen Hockman QC, head of 6 Pump Court, Kevin Leigh and Gordon Nardell, also of 6 Pump Court, instructed by Jennings Son & Ash for Holding & Barnes. Roderick Macdonald QC and Andrew Webster instructed by the Treasury Solicitor for the Lord Advocate. John Howell QC, then of 4 Breams Buildings (now at Blackstone Chambers) and Rabinder Singh of Matrix Chambers instructed by the Treasury Solicitor as amici curiae.`(Lawtel ref: C0100398)“

Anthony Ryland Griffiths & 164 ors v Solutia UK Ltd (26/4/01) CA`Judges: Mance LJ, Latham LJ, Sir Christopher Staughton`The appellant was entitled to instruct a London firm of solicitors, as opposed to a provincial firm, because of the special features that surrounded the appellant’s decision to instruct them.`Andrew Post of 6 Pump Court (Kieran Coonan QC) instructed by Eversheds, Cardiff, for the appellant. Jeremy Morgan of 39 Essex Street instructed by Leigh Day & Co for the respondents.`(Lawtel ref: C9900166)“Sun Life Assurance plc v (1) Thales Tracs Ltd (2) Thales Properties Ltd (10/5/01) CA`Judges: Waller LJ, Hale LJ, Dyson LJ`A tenant of business premises who made a request for the grant of a new tenancy under Section 26 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 did not have to have a genuine intention of taking up a new tenancy at the time of making that request in order to subsequently be entitled to compensation under Section 37 of the act.`Kim Lewison QC of Falcon Chambers and Malcolm Sheehan of 2 Harcourt Buildings (Roger Henderson QC) instructed by Racal Group Services for the tenants. Hazel Williamson QC and Mark Wonnacott, both of Maitland Chambers, instructed by DLA for the landlord.`(Lawtel ref: C0101347)“

Compagnie Noga D’Importation et D’Exportation SA v (1) Maryam Abacha (2) Mohammed Sani Abacha (as personal representatives of General Sani Abacha, deceased): Same v Same: Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria & anor v (1) Maryam Abacha (2) Mohammed Sani Abacha (as personal representatives of General Sani Abacha, deceased) (No 2) (3/5/01) QBD Commercial Court`Judge: Rix LJ`The court was bound by the decision in Stewart v Engel (2000) 1 WLR 2268, in light of the overriding principle in the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 SI 1998/3132 to regard the need for exceptional circumstances as a requirement for the proper exercise of the jurisdiction to reconsider a decision.`Steven Gee QC, Vasanti Selvaratnam and Mary Gibbons, all of 4 Field Court, instructed by Stephenson Harwood for Noga. Gordon Pollock QC, head of Essex Court, Lawrence Cohen QC of 24 Old Buildings and Paul Stanley of Essex Court instructed by Dechert for the SJ Berwin defendants. David Railton QC and Andrew Mitchell, both of Fountain Court, instructed by Eversheds for the Federal Government of Nigeria.`(Lawtel ref: C0101293)“Grigori Loutchansky v (1) Times Newspapers Ltd (2) Peter Stothard (3) David Lister (4) James Bone (27/4/01) QBD`Judge: Gray J`In cases of libel where qualified privilege was claimed, the mere existence of a legitimate public interest would not in itself suffice to establish privilege. The ambit of the limitation to be imposed on the right of free expression in order to protect the reputation of others was defined to take full account of the European Convention on Human Rights.`Desmond Browne QC of 5 Raymond Buildings and Hugh Tomlinson of Matrix instructed by Olswang for the claimant. Richard Spearman QC of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square and Richard Parkes of 5 Raymond Buildings instructed by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain for the defendants.`(Lawtel ref: C0101256)